We're just Hungary for success

By Monica Porter, July 16, 2015

Four decades ago I read a snippet in a British newspaper which so impressed me that I cut it out and pasted it into my cherished notebook of thought-provoking quotes. It came from a Professor Andre Brousson, whose claim to distinction has unfortunately been obscured by the passage of time.


Moral duty to care for have nots? That's rich!

By Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, July 16, 2015

It is bad news that London's Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, the oldest in the country, has had its historic silver valued by Sotheby's with a view to its sale. The stated reason for this proposal is its financial deficit.


Beware of hysteria

By Simon Johnson, July 9, 2015

There is no singular way to express the overwhelming emotions I felt when walking through the entrance to Auschwitz. The infamous railway, the haunting watchtowers and the sheer vastness of the barracks leaves an indelible mark on the senses. I found my visit to the site of the darkest days in Jewish history a difficult experience.


Flight of what you don't fancy

By Michael Freedland, July 9, 2015

It was seeing a rerun of a Seinfeld episode that got me thinking. Seinfeld, for the uninitiated, is a sitcom about a group of New York yuppies. All but one of the stars of the show were Jewish, which almost (but not quite) brings me to the point. In the episode which got me thinking, the series' only woman, the delectable Julia Louis- Dreyfus gets on a plane just as it is about to take off.


Who is now an Orthodox Jew?

By Andrew Rosemarine, July 9, 2015

"Who is a Jew?" is a fundamental question for us. Is it merely a matter of personal choice? Do you have to be practising? Or does it depend on whether you have a Jewish ancestor?


You don't have to be gay to take pride

By Jeremy Brier, July 9, 2015

It wasn't the parades and the parties that most astonished my friends going to Tel Aviv for Gay Pride recently, it was Israeli passport control. They had joined the back of the queue at Ben Gurion arrivals with the usual trepidation, being a group of (distinctly non-Jewish looking) men travelling alone and expecting a stern inquisition.


Forget the tensions, grassroots groups offer energy, ideas and sheer numbers

By Steven Jaffe, July 9, 2015

Apathy is the enemy of our community. Activism certainly isn’t – even when it poses fresh and positive challenges.

I see this issue from two perspectives.

As a grassroots activist, I co-chair Northern Ireland Friends of Israel. Launched in 2009 and with 700 supporters on our mailing list we have engaged with politicians across Northern Ireland’s political spectrum.


Grassroots plus establishment equals strength to face challenges

By Fiona Sharpe, July 9, 2015

Grassroots organisations came to the forefront last summer at the height of the Gaza conflict. It seemed that new pro-Israel, anti-establishment groups were popping up daily.


'I am determined to improve the coroner service'

By Caroline Dinenage, July 9, 2015

I believe that when people are dealing with the most difficult and emotional moments in their lives, they deserve the best support and care possible.

When someone loses a loved one, their friends and family come together to help them and it is a time when the strength of communities really shows itself.


Cherish debate, we are better for these struggles

By Rabbi Ysoscher Katz, July 7, 2015

These are trying times for British Jews. The community is awash in controversy. The esteemed Rabbi Sacks is being attacked by a former campus rabbi; driving bans against Orthodox women were imposed and then repealed; and the legitimacy of interdenominational Torah study is hotly contested.